Monday, October 1, 2012

Workplace Psych, by Alexa Thompson

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12 comments:

Ellie Garratt said...

I'm starting to get these types of requests all the time and my answer is always polite no. If it is in no way relevant to my blog or writing in general then I'm not going to say yes. Still doesn't stop feeling bad though!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My boss needs to read this.
And unless it's a blogger buddy, I say no as well.

Sarah said...

I don't even respond to emails from strangers requesting to use my blog.

That said, regarding treating your employees as actual human beings with needs, aspirations, strengths and talents, and areas with potential for development: this is what I do with my staff. Each of them has a professional development plan, mistakes are treated as opportunities for growth, and they are frequently asked for feedback about how management is doing in supporting them to do their (very difficult) jobs. I wouldn't work at a place that did things any other way.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

My guest blogger today approached me that way. I wasn't interested in participating in his blog tour, but I told him what I would put on my blog if he was interested. BUT I would have to approve the post first. I did approve of the post. Very much.

I've rejected guest posts when they don't meet my blog requirement. You have to earn the right to be on my blog. Or you have to be a good friend of mine. :D

Jay Noel said...

Interesting...

I worked in human capital management consulting for a number of years. Good employees are a treasure. Most employers know that, but many don't get it.

The loss of a good employee hits the company's bottom line. Not with just the lost productivity, but with employee morale and the loss of what we call "tribal knowledge."

That hurts profitability.

Nancy Thompson said...

Searching for back links to support their SEO... *scratches head* I'm not tech savvy enough to even know what that means. But as a business owner, I do know how to treat people & employees. Very interesting article though.

mshatch said...

I wish my boss would read this.

LTM said...

Since I work at home, I'm going to read this to Flower the Cat. She likes to sit at my feet and occasionally bite me, and she needs to treat me better. LOL!

Good stuff, my friend. Best to Alexa~ <3

Natalie Aguirre said...

I agonize when I say no, but sometimes I know that the book or topic wouldn't interest my followers or I'm just too busy.

Interesting post. It's refreshing to see the focus on managers trying to keep employees rather than what's going on for many--looking for a job in a hard market. Thanks for sharing it.

Andrew Leon said...

I'm with Nancy... SEO?

I've never had any requests like this unless they come in anonymously, and those just get deleted.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

This sounds a lot like the "spoiled" millennials.

I'm sure you're familiar with this definition:

The millennials joining your workforce now are employees born between 1980 and 2000. Unlike the Gen-Xers and the Baby Boomers, the Millennials have developed work characteristics and tendencies from doting parents, structured lives, and contact with diverse people. Millennials are used to working in teams and want to make friends with people at work. Millennials work well with diverse coworkers.

Millennials have a “can-do” attitude about tasks at work and look for feedback about how they are doing frequently – even daily. Millennials want a variety of tasks and expect that they will accomplish every one of them. Positive and confident, millennials are ready to take on the world.

They seek leadership, and even structure, from their older and managerial coworkers, but expect that you will draw out and respect their ideas. Millennials seek a challenge and do not want to experience boredom. Used to balancing many activities such as teams, friends, and philanthropic activities, millennials want flexibility in scheduling and a life away from work.

Millennials need to see where their career is going and they want to know exactly what they need to do to get there. Millennials await their next challenge – there better be a next challenge. Millennials are the most connected generation in history and will network right out of their current workplace if these needs are not met. Computer experts, millennials are connected all over the world by email, instant messages, text messages, and the Internet.

I'm glad I'm not a manager and don't have to deal with the spoiled millennials who don't have the same level of appreciation that I do of small things. I'm sure this recession has kicked their ass some too and maybe humbled some of them who have had to take jobs at Wal-Mart in their thirties instead of being handed a CEO position at Facebook.

ali cross said...

It's How to Win Friends and Influence People-type philosophy! Which I love madly and think pertains to all aspects of life. Great post!